Piku is one of those very rare occasions where a film with a downright simple story transforms into a completely compelling one, with the addition of some heart in the writing. Shoojit Sircar continues to deliver touching films which are strikingly out of the box. With a yucky premise, Piku could have gone horrendously wrong if not for its humorous take on strong, concern-hungry themes.
But Shoojit takes the bull by the horns. With Amitabh Bachchan as an grumpy, irritating dad and Deepika Padukone as a daughter who is irritated by the former, the director creates a lovely aura which underlines the love-above-hate bonding between the two. The first few scenes in the film bring in the much required interest in the proceedings. Piku is so realistic and relatable, for you will find these characters much within your home itself. Topics like generation gap, marriage, sex, relatives and relationships seamlessly flow in and out of the narrative at the right places, making you realize the worth of the writing. What you get at the end, is a concoction of human values, laced with a generous dose of laughter.
It is great to see Deepika venturing out and bearing new feathers, taking up solid roles which demand performances. As a working lady in her late 20s, she pulls off this role with a lot of chutzpah and no nonsense. Amitabh too, is in great nick here. Unlike his last outing in Shamitabh, most of the comics evoke laughter and he is the fulcrum on which the film is bent on. It is nice to see Irrfan paired up(not exactly) with Deepika for once as we get to the musings between a slightly elder pair rather than cheesy rom-com. You cannot help but appreciate the inclusion of eye catchy characters such as the loud aunt or the family doctor.
Barring some shabby camera and editing at the start, Piku is vibrant all the way. Music by Anupam Roy is a clean listen throughout. Bezubaan and the Journey Song are two numbers which you will be humming on the way back home.
Piku is doubtlessly an enjoyable ride. Shoojit Sircar and his team deserve the praise for this sweet little film which will leave a smile on your face.
Verdict: Endearing episode.
3.5 / 5